When it comes to cybersecurity, being safe is all about being proactive. Here are three ways you can increase your chances of staying a step ahead of cybercriminals.
1. Develop a plan and practice, practice, practice
Spend time with key personnel and peers and develop a comprehensive plan. Think about what data is most important to your organization, and what data would be most valuable to someone else. Review the protections you have in place and where there could be gaps.
Ensure you have a list of names and numbers of those you’d need to contact in the event of a data breach – and keep a paper copy handy in the event you’re locked out of your systems.
And test your plans. Hold tabletop exercises regularly (once per quarter) to test how you would respond in the event of a real situation. Test your team’s ability to identify phishing, vishing and smishing attempts. This can help prepare you for what you’ve planned for, and also help you uncover important considerations that you didn’t.
2. Keep any hardware and software connected to your network updated
New ways to attack well-known technology are being uncovered everyday. One of the simplest steps to keep your network safe is to ensure any device that can access it — from the servers in your data centre to the laptops and smartphones in the hands of everyone from CEO to customer service representative — are always updated with the latest security patches.
It only takes one weak point for hackers to get into a system, and from there they can cause considerable damage and expense. And if they’ve been successful in attacking once, they’re even more likely to try again and again and again.
3. Protect yourself with education, verification and speed
Companies face a balancing act of trying to grow their organization and protecting it.
Educating employees about what to look out for is the number one way to keep your organization protected from malicious attempts to access your data. Ensuring proper verification and authentication is being incorporated into all processes can provide an added safeguard to help keep your business safe.